Installing a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Development Environment

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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post comes from Alex Rainero, Enterprise Architect at BlackBerry

If you’re developing BlackBerry 10 applications today for any corporation or business, chances are this application will be deployed using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and reside on the BlackBerry 10’s Work Perimeter, so… here comes the first big question…

How can developers actually develop and test this application for the work perimeter?

If you asked this question before, you’re probably well aware that you can technically “side load” an app into the BlackBerry 10’s work perimeter, but you still won’t be able to leverage some key features that only come with a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 back-end. Some of these features include leveraging push and VPN access behind the firewall and also being able to test a wide range of IT policies and how these affect your application. By installing your own BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 development environment, all of this can be done without having to involve your BES IT admin.

To get you started, we’ve created this instructional video demonstrating how to install a very simple instance of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, with minimum requirements, enabling you to freely activate a few devices and then push your applications out to test before they go into production.

Some recommendations

Before we refer you to the video, there are some important requirements and things we need to clarify:

  • The installation is intended for addressing the challenge of being able to quickly publish and push a given application to the Work Perimeter for testing purposes only. For more information on production server installation, please refer to the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 product manuals.
  • If you also have a firewall in place, make sure that port 3101 is opened as well as port 80 and port 443 (these last two are very common and typically opened for HTTP and HTTPS).
  • In the video, when we reference the “BESAdmin” account we are simply leveraging an existing account within our environment with Active Directory rights, you can simply use a local administrator account with the same rights to Active Directory. This is used to be able to add users to the BES server.
  • As a prerequisite you can install both .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.0 before you begin the actual BES installation to save some time

More BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

If you’re looking to get a few more tips with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, such as creating users, email profiles or pushing IT Policies, make sure you check this tutorial out.

About Ali Rehman

@AliRehman81 is the Enterprise Social Marketing Manager at BlackBerry. He is involved in managing social media program for the B2B community. Also focusing on developing engagement and awareness across various social properties. Outside of work he is a massive aviation fan and big supporter of the 'Blue Angels (USN)' aerobatics team.

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